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Current work

As an École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) fellow co-funded by Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships from the European Commission, Dr. Catherine De Wolf is conducting postdoctoral research with Prof. Corentin Fivet on environmental impacts of applying circular economy principles to building structures, in the Structural Xploration Lab (SXL) within the smart living lab, a research and development center for the built environment of the future. She is also founder of De Wolf Environmental Design Thinking.


After studying Civil Engineering and Architecture at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), she obtained a Masters of Science in Building Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This was followed by a PhD in Architecture: Building Technology at MIT with Prof. John Ochsendorf. Her dissertation was about low carbon pathways for structural design. During her PhD, she also worked in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge.

Previous Work

Professional experiences include working for Arup, Ney & Partners and other leading architectural and structural design firms. Ensuring a continuous link between academic background and industrial real life experience is a key element in Catherine's work. Her workshops at offices as well as in universities also reflect this concern. She also launched the Structural Engineers 2050 Commitment Initiative with the Carbon Leadership Forum and structural engineering companies such as Arup and Thornton Tomasetti.

De Morgen

Catherine was interviewed by De Morgen Magazine within a series on visionary architects


Catherine participates in a debate at Batibouw on the ecological impact of the construction sector

Circular Columns

Catherine is writing a series of interviews on circular economy in the building sector


Catherine was interviewed by B NK to talk about the environmental impact of buildings

European Commission

Catherine co-organised a webinar on how to use Level(s), a voluntary reporting framework to improve the sustainability of buildings

Swiss Resources Forum

Catherine talked about the principles of circular economy at the Swiss Resources Forum in the Empa Institute

Planet Week

Globally operating architecture and urbanism practice MVRDV invited Catherine to talk at their "Planet Week"

IASS Boston
Hangai Alumni Talks

Hangai Alumni Catherine spoke in a plenary session of the Intenational Association of Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) 

Embodied Carbon in Buildings

Read the Springer book co-edited and co-authored by Catherine: "Embodied Carbon in Buildings: Measurement, Management and Mitigation"

EU Cost Action

Catherine joined the REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy group (RESTORE) and will hold a workshop at Greenbuild Europe

Seminar series
UC Berkeley and Stanford

Join the seminar series on low carbon structural design at ETH Zurich, UC Berkeley, Stanford University and California Polytechnic State University

TEP Venezuela
Trazando Espacios Públicos

Check out the school park built from reused waste materials with the schoolchildren in collaboration with the NGO created by Ana Vargas in Venezuela

The New Carbon Architecture

Read the chapter on embodied carbon research in the new book "The New Carbon Architecture"


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TEDx talk

Watch the TEDx talk on new low carbon materials in Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris on YouTube

Innovators under 35

Catherine was one of the laureats of the Innovators under 35 Belgium Awards

 Dr. ir. arch. Catherine De Wolf · Scientist EPFL
 PhD & MSc MIT · Civil Engineer & Architect VUB & ULB


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